[Sinn Fein]

19th April 1999

We have no reason to believe the two Governments will establish institutions

Speaking following discussions in Downing Street this afternoon Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said:

``We went into our meetings feeling that the Good Friday Agreement was in freefall. We engaged fully with the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair and an Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.

``We appreciate that they are giving a lot of their time to this matter but coming out we have to say that we have no reason to believe that the two governments have any intention of establishing the political institutions.

``We poitned out our concerns about the situation as we move into the marching season and the increase in the numbers of attacks on Catholics. We expressed our dissatisfaction at the failure to set up independent inquiries into the murders of Rosemary Nelson and Pat Finucane and the Brian Nelson affair.

``The unionists have trapped the two governments into their present positions ie: that the IRA must move on decommissioning before political institutions can be established. This is unacceptable. it is not in the Agreement and it is not what the people voted for.''

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